Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy
I believe in burn like I believe in the government.
Just because you wanna believe in it, doesnt make it true. You hear it because you expected to hear it. Why sugarcoat it? Thats the miracle of expectation bias. Its a helluva drug.
Both the HE400s I have owned have sounded the exact same from day one, the only difference being when I swapped to velour pads.
You did not bother to actually read my comments.
1 - My comments were about the SRH-1840, not the HE-400. Since burn-in is about the effect of constant vibration changing the flexibility of materials in products (which has been demonstrated in tests), it stands to reason that different headphones made from different materials would vary quite a bit in whether they change with use. Planars are very different from dynamics, which is why I was asking about burn-in experiences concerning the HE-400.
2 - I specifically said that I did NOT want the headphones to sound better after the burn-in, that I was only doing the burn-in, so that I could cite that in my review.
By the way, other comments refer to "brain burn-in", which is an interesting topic. We know that the brain does do this - when you first start listening to people who speak with a different dialect, they are hard to understand, but after listening to them for awhile, they become easier and easier to understand. Listening to familiar music with different equipment could very well have the process happening. If people listen to headphones for 100 hours, and it sounds better at the end, it could be "brain burn-in".
However, most of the people on head-fi who burn-in headphones run them in a closet with a music player, so "brain burn-in" does not apply in those cases....
Edited by kstuart - 11/30/12 at 10:36am